PEAT Talks Recap: Teaching Accessible eRecruiting as a Business Strategy

In today’s technology-focused world, an inclusive workplace starts with the use of hiring and onboarding technologies that are accessible to all applicants and employees. Accessible eRecruiting practices serve as an important business strategy to attract and retain qualified candidates from a diverse pool of talent. But exactly how should businesses go about implementing accessible eRecruiting practices? In last month’s PEAT Talk, Rachel Kerrigan of the Perkins-Business Partnership joined us to discuss their alliance’s free online course in inclusive onboarding, which launched in fall 2016 for hiring managers and recruiters.

Perkins School for the Blind developed “Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition” with Harvard Extension School as part of a larger effort to bridge the hiring gap for graduates with disabilities. As Rachel explained, when Dave Power became President and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind in 2014, he prioritized setting up students to successfully transition to adulthood by providing them with the skills they need to find a job. As part of this initiative, Perkins also created this online course to educate businesses on the value of accessible eRecruiting as a business strategy.

Completing the course is simple. Rachel noted that it’s self-paced, so all the course materials are available for you to go through at your convenience. Once you finish, you’ll have a wealth of helpful knowledge on inclusive talent acquisition in hand to apply to your own company’s hiring practices. As the course trailer notes, it provides a roadmap to “transform your culture into a more inclusive work environment, and in turn, that more inclusive work environment will allow you to bring in more customers and hire even more talented employees.”

Rachel provided a sneak peek at the resources and information the course has to offer, focusing on a section of the course material that uses PEAT’s employment lifecycle framework. PEAT Talk attendees met Dominique and Sebastian, two characters whose stories are used in the course to illustrate the necessity of accessibility throughout the recruiting and hiring process. In addition to these scenario activities, Rachel highlighted a multitude of other media used throughout each lesson, including videos, written content, and discussion boards through which participants can communicate and connect.

To wrap up the course preview, Rachel made a key point: “It's everyone's responsibility to make accessibility a priority...Accessibility needs to be enforced by all departments and levels of an organization.” Indeed, by completing “Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition,” you can play a key role in successfully diversifying and expanding inclusivity throughout your workplace.

To learn more from Rachel about the course and the importance of accessible eRecruiting, check out the archived PEAT Talk and sign up for the current course session today. We also want to hear about your experiences in this area, so please add your comments below on steps your business has taken to foster an inclusive and accessible hiring process.